With the busy lives we have, the amount of time we spend away from home and the different accidents that come our way our clothes are bound to get damaged at some point. If you are at home it is easy to fix but it is the times you are not at home that a handheld sewing machine is most needed.
Except for a loose button needle and thread just won’t work. It takes too long, the stitches are uneven and they normally don’t last as well as they should. So I have made a list of my top 10 favorite handheld sewing machines for you to choose from. Each one tried and tested through many a loose seam.
Handheld Sewing Machine – Buyers Guide
Whatever you will be using your handheld sewing machine for make sure you are getting the one that will best suit your needs and your pocket. If you follow these guidelines then not only will it be easier to buy but you will be sure that the one you get is the one you need most.
This is going to be the biggest factor you need to consider when buying a handheld sewing machine as it is something that you will be carrying around with you at all times and should thus be small enough to fit in your handbag, luggage or purse without becoming a burden.
The weight will also play a part as you don’t want to carry around something that feels like lead, especially if that lead is on your shoulders or in your hands the whole day.
Make sure beforehand that the dimensions will work with the bag or purse you are using most of the times. Suppliers give the exact dimensions of each machine so measure it out using a ruler and a piece of paper so that you can get an idea of just how much space will be needed.
Also keep in mind that you will need extra space for the spares such as the needles, thread, bobbins and whatever extras that you will be using with your machine.
Size is a big factor but how durable the machine is will also play a big role when making a decision. Make sure you aren’t accidentally buying a kids toy by simply reading the reviews and seeing what other people have said about the item. It sucks buying what looks like the perfect sewing machine only to realize that it is meant for kids to learn on.
If possible also look for a name brand that you know and have used before. Not all big brands do small machines so you might have to find the perfect one from a company you have never even heard of. Once again read the reviews beforehand and make an educated decision from this.
Also if possible look for a machine with a metal body instead of a plastic one. This, on the other hand, will increase the weight of the machine but they do last longer than the plastic ones, so make sure of this before you buy.
Some machines have hundreds of different features, gadgets, and setting, some of which you might never even use or have heard of. Decide on why you need the sewing machine and what you need it to do before you buy. It is of no use to buy one with loads of features and gadgets and paying more than you need to if you are only going to use one or two of the features available. On the other hand, if you are in the fashion industry where different stitches and designs are required then the added featured of the higher end models will definitely be needed.
Some machines also offer you the option to switch the machine between handheld and desktop operation. This really comes in handy when you have to work on bigger items such as wedding dresses and curtains were holding the dress or curtains in your hands the whole time while working a bit difficult.
Needle Eye Size:
This might sound like a strange one but you do get machines that have a smaller needle eye than others. This is a bit of a difficult one to find out about when buying online as it isn’t really seen as something worth mentioning. If you have poor eyesight then rather look for a machine with bigger holes if available. There is absolutely nothing more frustrating than trying to thread a needle and not getting the thread through the eye especially when you are in a hurry, trust me on this one.
A handheld Sewing Machine will never be able to do all the things that your regular sewing machine at home does but there are a number of things that it definitely needs to be able to do.
It needs to be able to do basic needlework such as hemming, mending holes of different sizes and it needs to be able to stitch simple designs. (The designs part isn’t a big factor if you are only using the machine to do simple repair work such as tears, so keep that in mind also.)
Another important factor is that the machine needs to be able to work with different materials such as thin delicate fabrics, polyester, cotton, silk and most importantly leather and denim. Leather and denim are the thickest materials you will work with and some of the most worn materials, especially denim, so make sure it is able to handle these two.
This seems like an obvious one but some suppliers only offer videos online. Having to sit and figure out what your machine can and can’t do or just how to do it shouldn’t be rocket science. A clear, well-informed user manual is required especially detailing how to thread the machine.
You should definitely take the time to go through the manual beforehand and familiarize yourself with your machine and how to use it. There is no point in having the machine and not knowing how it works or what it is capable of doing or not being able to use it in an emergency because you can’t get it to work right or even just thread it properly.
Most handheld sewing machines use either built-in rechargeable batteries or they work with regular AA batteries that need to be replaced when they run out. Built-in ones normally are better as you don’t need to carry around extra batteries, but you will need to remember to pack the charger. Another downside of this is that if the battery does eventually die, many years from now, you will need to find a replacement if one is available.
Also make sure that if the model uses built-in batteries that the power adapter is supplied with, otherwise you will have to buy one extra which can result in some problems especially if it isn’t a widely available adapter.
Always read the Supplied With a section on the sales page to make sure that everything you will need is included and if it works with batteries which types it uses and if supplied with.
Some machines come with just the basics such as extra needles and thread while others have loads of extras such as extensions, extra bobbins, needle threaders, scissors etc. Once again this will depend on what you will be using the machine for. If you just need it for emergencies then the basics will do but for more advanced work you will need to look at the extras.
Your machine should include at least a couple of spare needles, extra bobbins with or without thread,